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Our Initiatives and Vision

The MPMA has been a leader in the state of Minnesota for the past 65 years in the precision manufacturing industry. Today, we continue to seek new ways to accomplish and refine our mission for the benefit of our members and our industry.

Workforce development is the foundation of MPMA's Strategic Plan, which includes:

  • Advocacy and Government Relations: To be the leading voice for Minnesota’s precision manufacturing industry, through our advocacy, to strengthen the skilled workforce.
  • Career Pathways and Opportunities: To develop and coordinate integrated and progressive pathway activities within manufacturing for parents, students, and educators from elementary school to post high school.
  • Workforce Training (Incumbent Skills): Provide training support for the machinists, emerging leaders, and owners of MPMA member companies.

We are dedicated to "drive success in Minnesota precision manufacturing by strengthening the skilled workforce," by:

  • Being a leader in the conversations about enhancing workforce development,
  • Taking an active role in legislative changes that impact manufacturers and to have a positive impact on the image and importance of manufacturing, and
  • By improving business for our members by being a resource for workforce training.

To view more information about MPMA's Strategic Plan, click here.

Our Membership

MPMA is 300+ member companies strong, consisting of:

  • Precision and advanced manufacturing companies
  • Associate member companies who support areas such as steel, industrial supply, machine tool dealers, heat treaters, platers, etc.
  • Affiliate member companies who provide financial, banking, insurance, professional development, and consultant services
  • Schools, colleges, and universities

As we continue to serve the precision manufacturing industry in Minnesota, MPMA invites you to become an active member. Help us create growth and success for our association and the manufacturing industry in Minnesota.

Our History

In 1955 the Minnesota Tool & Die Association was founded by DeWitt Bills of World Aerospace. He gathered a group of peers whose mission it was to "elevate the contract manufacturing industry in Minnesota to a high level of endeavor and accomplishment for the mutual benefit of all concerned."

Some highlights over the past 65 years include:

  • 1957: 40 regular members and 28 associate members. First issue of Twin City Tool & Die Association (predecessor to the MPMA Journal) is published. First dinner and dance party is held at the Minneapolis Golf Club.
  • 1966: Name changes to Twin City Tool, Die & Precision Machining Association
  • 1976: First Golden Gloves event is organized by Chuck Hales
  • 1980: Name changes to Minnesota Tooling & Machine Association
  • 1985: First Open Golf Tournament
  • 1993: Name changes to Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association
  • 1997: Education Foundation formed
  • 2004: First BattleBot IQ competition, Manufacturing Tomorrow Summit held, MPMA becomes founding member of newly-created Minnesota Manufacturers' Coalition
  • 2011: First Shoot for Scholarships
  • 2019: First 2-day Minnesota Manufacturing Conference

To see a list of the past presidents/Board chairs of the MPMA, click here.

For more information about membership:

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Learn more about how our members shape their communities in this "Power of Giving" video: